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CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said Wednesday that he is resigning, effective immediately, after admitting to an undisclosed relationship with colleague Allison Gollust.
Said Zucker in a memo: “As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today.”
“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. Together, we had nine great years,” he said. “I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.”
Zucker did not name Gollust, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at CNN, in the memo, but Gollust, who plans on staying with CNN, said the following in her memo:
“Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years. Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time. I’m incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday.”
Jason Kilar, CEO of CNN’s parent WarnerMedia, in a statement to employees, said, ”Team–I have accepted Jeff Zucker’s resignation as Chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, and President of CNN Worldwide.”
“We thank Jeff for his contributions over the past 9 years. We will be announcing an interim leadership plan shortly,” Kilar said. “Both of these organizations are at the top of their respective games and are well prepared for their next chapters.”